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Monday April 26, 1971
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This Day In 1970's History: Monday April 26, 1971
  • A presidential commission proposed United Nations membership for Communist China, but not at the expense of Nationalist China. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge stated that the commission believes the more representation in the United Nations the better, but membership in the United Nations should be treated as a duty, not a privilege. President Nixon is considering diplomatic recognition for Red China and a personal visit. [CBS]
  • Antiwar demonstrators used disruption in new protests today. Seven people were arrested at the Pentagon, others were ejected from the Senate chamber for shouting antiwar slogans, and a group staged a sit-in at Republican Senator Hugh Scott's office. [CBS]
  • The Viet Cong delegation to the Paris Peace Talks claimed that some American soldiers are fighting on the Communist side in South Vietnam; two North Vietnamese deserters said that North Vietnam is becoming tired of the war.

    North Vietnam continued their attacks in South Vietnam; 30 Americans were wounded. [CBS]

  • The trial of Capt. Eugene Kotouc has begun; Kotouc pleaded not guilty to charges of torturing a prisoner after the My Lai incident. [CBS]
  • Former Army surgeon Maj. Gordon Livingston said that General George Patton III, the son of the World War II general, told him to keep North Vietnamese prisoners alive long enough to be questioned, then let them die. [CBS]
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